Some summer reading: Follow our BCT students’ internships!

Some summer reading: Follow our BCT students’ internships!

Many students in BCT sign up for construction-related summer work, either as internships, practicums, or just as a job that relates to their studies. They always have amazing experiences, which lets them practice what they learned during the semester. What we fond, though, was that in the past, their experiences were often just reported to their immediate faculty supervisor, which didn't allow others to learn about the breadth and the many details of "real world" work. This summer, we are trying something new: A blog for BCT students! This way, anyone can follow our students' amazing experiences and learn from what they are seeing in the field. Feel free to check out the latest posts at the following address: http://blogs.umass.edu/bct-interns...
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Weil Co-Organizes Panel on Women in Green Building Construction

As part of the monthly “Green Night Events” at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton, BCT extension faculty member Ben Weil co-organized a panel discussion with Jaqueline Cook on January 14th. This event took place under the umbrella of the Western Massachusetts Green Consortium (http://westernmassgreenconsortium.org). You can read more about this event in this WWLP News item. ...
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Construction earnings data illustrates value of BCT education

Construction earnings data illustrates value of BCT education

A recently published interactive chart by the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution illustrates earnings data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The earnings profiles are separated by educational major and broken out as annual earnings and lifetime earnings. This set of charts (in part shown in the image above) illustrates quite nicely the earnings benefit in general of a bachelors degree and in particular of choosing a construction major. As shown in the image, a construction-related major's 50th percentile income is 36% higher than the average across all undergrad majors. You can explore the data interactively for yourself here: http://hamiltonproject.org/earnings_by_major/...
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An Internship as a Drafter in Engineered Wood for Boise Cascade, LLC.

An Internship as a Drafter in Engineered Wood for Boise Cascade, LLC.

Student: Tanya Favorite Faculty Sponsor: Peggi Clouston Project Type: Independent Study Year: 2005 Introduction: Boise Cascade, LLC is a distributor and manufacturer of wood products, paper, and packaging. Boise is made up of four divisions, one of which is the Building Solutions and Distribution Division. There are 29 distribution locations, which has over $2 Billion in sales in 2003. Boise is the second largest supplier of Engineered Wood Products in the United States. My internship with Boise took place at their Westfield, MA branch. The internship was 40 hours a week during the summer and 21 hours a week during the Fall semester. The Westfield branch services the New England, New York, and New York City areas. The branch has about 75 employees, 9 of which are in the Engineered Wood Department. In order to be placed in this internship, a prior knowledge of many of the topics covered in the Building Materials and Wood Technology major were needed. Ttopics were covered in BMATWT classes such as: Light...
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